Activists who gathered to protest outside Dearborn Heights Police headquarters Thursday night acknowledged that they don’t know every detail that led to the slaying of Renisha McBride, but said an unarmed 19-year-old woman being shot to death should be enough to warrant an arrest.
McBride of Detroit was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a Dearborn Heights home on Outer Drive, where her family believes she was seeking help after a car accident.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said Thursday morning that it needed more information from Dearborn Heights police before an arrest warrant could be issued.
The shooter told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and that his shotgun fired accidentally.
… “It makes no sense,” she said. “She was just looking for some help… This young lady could have been my daughter.
"Black life is so devalued… It makes people like the one who did that so full of fear. If this man was afraid, he could have just picked up the phone and dialed 911."
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and social media activity reminiscent of the response to the 2012 Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
"It’s amazing that in 2013, we still see the lack of value on African American life," said Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park.
"We though it was just in Sanford, Florida, but it’s also Dearborn Heights, Michigan… We cannot let the system that is supposed to deliver justice off the hook. We understand there is a process, but you remember when Trayvon Martin was killed… they were shuffling their feet."
… “Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man,” activist Dawud Walid asked the crowd, “would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”
"My son would be in jail, where is this man? Why isn’t he in jail?" #RenishaMcBride
If you thought what happened to Jonathan Ferrell last month was horrific, wait until you hear about the slaying of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
At around 2:30am on Saturday morning, McBride got into a car accident near Dearborn Heights, a suburb around Detroit. Her cell phone battery was dead so she went to nearby home to seek help. But after knocking on the door, McBride was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.
Marissa Alexander, the black Florida mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot against her abusive husband, will get a new trail this spring. But her supporters were calling for the charges to be dropped altogether.
As we’ve previously covered, Alexander had a restraining order against her husband when he yelled, “Bitch, I will kill you!” and charged toward her during the incident in 2010. She fired a single shot into the ceiling, and no one was hurt. The sentence Alexander received would seem absurdly harsh in general, but especially since we’re talking about Florida here, where the right to “stand your ground” apparently applies to aggressors “threatened” by a bag of Skittles, but not to abused black women.
Last month, a court overturned Alexander’s original guilty verdict, and activists have called for the charges to be dropped. Instead the state is going to prosecute her once again. Alexander, who has already been in jail for three years while this all plays out, will find out next week whether she will be released on bail. The Free Marissa Now campaign will be fundraising to cover her legal costs for the new trial in March. The goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the year, and you can help here.
Series of indiscreet emails reveals how Lake Mary chief Steve Bracknell believes Zimmerman, 29, to be ‘ticking time bomb.’
Antiracist activists who have been occupying the Florida state Capitol in the wake of the not-guilty verdict for Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, ended their action on August 15 with a press conference and rally to discuss what comes next in the struggle.
The Dream Defenders, made up of students from around Florida, began the occupation on July 16 by marching into the Capitol to demand a special session of the legislature to pass Trayvon’s Law. The activists made Trayvon’s Law about three pillars: repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, confronting racial profiling, and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.
, a member of the Dream Defenders and the International Socialist Organization, reports from Tallahassee now that the occupation has ended—and discusses what’s ahead in the the fight against racism and criminalization in the state of Florida.
24 August 2013, directly following the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Venue: Busboys & Poets, 5th and K St, Washington DC.
Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Busboys and Poets.
Dr. Cornel West is one of the most prominent and admired figures on the left today. A philosopher, academic, activist, author, and public intellectual who has appeared in over 25 documentaries, he can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on Public Radio’s “Smiley & West.” Dr. West has a passion to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Gary Younge has written several books on race and racism, the most recent is “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.” Gary is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.
Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a writer and activist based in Chicago, who recently recieved her PhD in African American Studies. She is the author of “Rats, Riots and Revolution: Black Housing in the 1960s” (forthcoming from Haymarket Books), and is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.
March on Washington 50th Anniversary
Saturday, August 24, 2013
This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And yet despite the gains of the Civil Rights Movement, the vision of a racially just society put forward at that March remains a dream. Amidst the murder of Trayvon Martin and the shameful acquittal of Zimmerman, the rollback of the Voting Rights Act, the increasing militarization of police, the rise of mass incarceration, school closings, and disastrously high unemployment rates that disproportionately affect Blacks and Latinos, the struggle for justice continues.
Join the International Socialist Organization’s contingent at the March on Washington as we demand an end to racism and injustice and as we celebrate the great legacy of the 1960s struggles, which provide an inspiring glimpse of what we can achieve when masses of people organize to fight for a better world.
PANEL: We Will Not Forget. Justice for Trayvon Martin - NYC ISO
Mother of Ramarley Graham, killed
by Bronx police February, 2012
Racial Justice Activist
International Socialist Organization, Students Against Mass Incarceration
ENDORSED BY: Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, International Socialist Organization, Justice Committee, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mass Incarceration Committee — National Lawyers Guild (NYC Chapter), Stop Stop & Frisk, VOCAL-NYC
… Why should the LGBTQ community concern itself with issues of racial justice and a case such as Trayvon Martin’s? Firstly, because much of our community is people of color and for them these fights are inseparable. Secondly, as a community that is continuing to fight for our most basic civil rights, we have an obligation and reason to stand by those who are continuing to struggle for theirs. Lastly, our capacity to fight and our potential to win is dramatically increased when we overcome the divisions fostered between us and champion the struggles of other oppressed community—it’s called solidarity.
So what can we, as an LGBTQ community, do to show our support for Trayvon Martin and the broader fight for racial justice? Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, ACLU, American Federation of Teachers, and a host of other civil rights and labor organizations are continuing the fight for Trayvon Martin by calling for a national demonstration in Washington D.C. on August 24th , the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Protesters will be demanding the Department of Justice prosecute Zimmerman and that the federal government seriously begins to tackle the range of injustices—from racial profiling to mass incarceration—that Black America continues to experience. August 24th will likely be one of the largest demonstrations for civil rights and racial justice in decades.
While a single protest won’t dismantle the prisons system over night, the August 24th March on Washington will contribute tremendously to forcing this conversation about racism in America today back to where it belongs—in the political mainstream….
Boston-based, The Rainbow Times is a minority owned publication–half Hispanic, 100% gay. As a New England LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) newspaper founded in 2006–The Rainbow Times is a liaison that increases awareness of LGBT issues and serves as a vehicle to unify and strengthen the communities throughout the New England region while providing quality news to its diverse readers